Do these words describe you?
I have been struggling with chronic pain and discomfort and nothing seems to help…
I am tired of not feeling like myself anymore …
I long for freedom, mobility and well being in my body…
My quality of life is not what it should be...
Everything I try is temporary or masks the issue...
If this sounds like you than Myofascial Release is just what you need!
What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?
Myofascial Release (MFR), as taught by John F. Barnes, is a highly effective, full body, hands-on approach. It involves stretches and compressions, applied with gentle pressure, that are held until the restriction releases. The pressure used during treatment is gentle, and never done beyond a client’s tolerance, never forced. This manual therapy can provide amazing results for decreasing pain and increasing range of motion. It views each individual as a whole person and treats the cause rather than the symptoms unlike other techniques.
Physical trauma, inflammation or postural misalignment can cause fascial restrictions leading to pressure on pain sensitive structures. This excessive pressure acts as a “straight jacket” in our body, producing symptoms such as pain, headaches or limited range of motion. The modality of MFR uses sustained pressure and gentle stretching or compression into the fascial system, allowing it to regain fluidity and relieve the tension of this connective tissue. It is a very gentle and highly effective form of massage therapy that is not like your normal massage therapy techniques.
Although I may start with the symptoms at hand, MFR is designed to discover and rectify the restrictions that are often the root of the problem! I will sustain pressure and follow any motion that occurs three-dimensionally as the surrounding myofascial environment releases and eliminates or reduces the bracing or holding patterns in the subconscious tissue memory. Treatments are generally slow paced and gentle to allow facilitation of these releases naturally.
Conditions Myofascial Release helps
This is only a partial list.
Back Pain Headaches Whiplash Pelvic Pain Neck Pain Sports Injuries Chronic Pain Disc Problems
Migraines Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Neurological Dysfunction Fibromyalgia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Adhesions Carpal Tunnel Jaw Pain (TMJ) Painful Scars Scoliosis Infants/Children Sciatica
Myofascial Pain Syndrome Women's Health Issues
Strolling Under the Skin (some graphic content)
This 28-minute video contains some of the most fascinating images of living fascia ever filmed. Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau is a plastic surgeon who has been researching the body’s ‘sliding system’ that allows fascial planes to move on each other. The beauty of this film is that it's living fascia in a living person rather than a cadaver. The sheer poetry of the images is enough, but you also learn how the collagen, ground substance water and fat work together to make the ‘sliding system’ — the body’s interconnected system of loose connective tissue.